Through the generous gifts of the alumni and donors, the College of Arts & Sciences is able to award more than $1.2 million in scholarships to students throughout our numerous departments and programs.

Scholarships for first-year students are administered by the Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarships for students with a declared academic major are typically awarded within the academic departments, so contact the departments directly.

International Opportunity Fund

Undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences can apply for international travel assistance to study abroad. Students may go as part of an independent study-abroad experience or as part of a faculty-led program. Awards usually range between $1,000 and $3,500, with a typical award being $2,000.

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Scholarships by Department

Other Scholarships

Scholarships are also awarded directly by the dean's office. All students in the College of Arts & Sciences are automatically considered for any of the following scholarships if they meet the conditions. We list these awards and scholarships to honor our generous donors and to show the breadth of support offered to students in the college.

James Abdnor Scholarship

The recipient should be the most academically gifted South Dakota high school graduate who plans to major in political science or economics with an interest in public service. Preference will be given to students with an indicated interest in remaining in South Dakota following higher education. 

Mary Adams Scholarship

This scholarship is for students in good standing who are pursuing an undergraduate degree within the USD College of Arts and Sciences. First consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

John W. Addie Award

Recipient must be a junior or senior student in the College of Arts & Sciences with a good academic record who needs financial assistance.

Akeley-Lawrence-Norgren Scholarship

Recipients must be junior or senior students majoring in earth sciences, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics or computer science. The award is given to multiple students. It is named for Dean Lewis E. Akeley, who served USD for six decades and influenced countless students; for his student, Ernest O. Lawrence, a USD graduate who went on to win the Nobel Prize for Physics; and for Carl Norgren, a long-time supporter of USD and a principal donor to the fund. 

Arts and Sciences Scholarship

These scholarships are for students who are enrolled in or accepted by the College of Arts & Sciences. First consideration is given to students receiving commitments from the USD Scholars program.

Grace L. Beede Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship

Students from the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible for this award. Preference is given to a junior who has completed five semesters at USD and has the highest-ranking GPA.

Barbara Berggren Stewart Memorial Scholarship

The award is given to students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences. It was established by Robert Stewart in honor of his wife, Barbara, who graduated from USD in 1933 and was active in school and civic affairs.

Harold E. Brookman Scholarship

This annual scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences, who at the end of the sophomore year has earned a grade point above the average of the sophomore class, and who through a fundamental understanding of the natural sciences, mathematics and human relations, shows definite promise of leadership in one of the fields of industry.

John W. Carlson Research Grant

This grant will be used to support research by students in the College of Arts & Sciences. Candidates may be either graduate or undergraduate students and must be nominated by a faculty member who will write a reference letter that addresses the student's competence and ability to complete the research. The student must submit a description of the research project and a current transcript.

Thomas J. Carpenter Scholarship

This scholarship provides assistance to students who demonstrate financial need and are majoring in any program in the college. First preference is given to USD Scholar program members.

Dean Joseph H. Cash Award for Excellence in Writing

These awards are given annually to Arts & Sciences students who best demonstrate an ability to communicate ideas clearly through writing. The awards are intended to acknowledge student excellence and encourage the faculty in the liberal arts and sciences to teach writing skills and require written components at all levels of instruction.

Joseph M. Cash, M.D. and Joseph H. Cash, Ph.D. Scholarship

Recipients shall be enrolled or accepted in the College of Arts & Science. Preference will be given to students with broad academic interests, especially including humanities in the broader sense not just in the pure science alone.

Russ and Kathryn Cranston Scholarship

This award supports students pursuing a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences. First preference is given to a student from Redfield or Yankton, South Dakota. Secondary preference goes to students with financial need. Kathryn is from Yankton and attended USD from 1970 to 1973. Russ graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government in 1973.

Coyote Communicator Aimee Sorensen Scholarship

First preference for this $1,000 scholarship is given to a student majoring in communication studies. Second preference is given to other Arts & Sciences students.

Dakota Alumnae Prize for Senior Women

A prize is given each fall to a female member of the senior class who shows the highest ideals of scholarship and citizenship.

Bill and Susan Deter Advancing Science Scholarship

This award supports students enrolled in USD, with preference given to junior and senior students pursuing a degree in one of the College of Arts & Sciences’ natural sciences departments - biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences. Master’s level students in the natural sciences are also eligible.

Monsignor James M. Doyle Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students in the College of Arts & Sciences with preference given to humanities majors.

Duerre Family Scholarship

This award supports students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences who are residents of South Dakota. First preference is given to USD Scholars students.

Joy (Benning) Dyer Neurological Sciences Scholarship

Awardees must be graduates of Washington Senior High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Preference goes to students with financial need, a 3.5 or higher grade point average and an interest in studying Parkinson's disease or other neurological disorders.

Hall Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to sophomores, juniors or seniors with excellent academic records who are majoring in political science or international studies. A strong preference is given to students from the Midwest interested in diplomacy, semester-long international exchange programs or language immersion programs - especially those designated by the Department of State as critical languages - and who have an interest in public service.

Hammer Family Sciences Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who are pursuing a degree in biology, medical biology or chemistry within the College of Arts & Sciences, with the intent of going on to medical school. First preference is given to students in the upper third of their graduating class. Secondary preference is given to a student from Moody County, South Dakota.

Marjorie and Elbert Harrington Scholarship

This award is given to a deserving junior or senior in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Christina Keller Leadership Scholarship

Preference for this $2,000 Leadership Coyote Commitment scholarship is given to a student in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Rick and Kathi Kessler Family Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who are pursuing a degree in computer science or mathematics. Consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

International Opportunity Award

This award provides College of Arts & Sciences students with financial assistance for life-changing international travel. Upperclassmen in good academic standing are eligible for funds. A standing faculty committee will select the recipients.

Robert E. Litke Scholarship

This scholarship is given to undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences who are studying to be teachers. First consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

Bruce and Ila Lushbough Scholarship

This award is given to a graduate of a South Dakota high school majoring in one of the sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences with an interest in attending medical school. First consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

Gary and Judy Marx Scholarship

Applicants for this scholarship must submit a brief application. If no applications are received in any year, the College of Arts & Science chooses a student who best meets the criteria. The student should have an understanding of our obligations as citizens of our local communities and a sense of our responsibilities as citizens of the world.

Nancy Hoy McCahren Scholarship

Preference for this scholarship is given to a student who graduated from a South Dakota high school and to a student enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences. 

Karen Melby Hopkins Presidential Alumni Scholarship

First preference is given to a female student in the College of Arts and Sciences who is accepted into the Presidential Alumni Scholars program or its successor. 

Robert "Bid" Miller Scholarship

USD students in the humanities or social sciences who have an interest in business are eligible for this scholarship. Recipients must have a 3.0 GPA.

Native American Sciences Scholarship

These scholarships are given to Native American students studying biology, chemistry or physics.

Joseph F. Nelson and Martha P. Nelson Scholarship

Recipient must be of good moral character and must not use drugs or be a habitual user of tobacco or alcoholic beverages.

Nelson Shield Award 

This award was presented to USD in 1920 by Charles Ernest Coles, a chaplain of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Fort Hays, Kansas. He donated a copper shield from a flagship of British Naval Commander Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson to the college and suggested that the shield be awarded to a student(s) in the College of Arts & Sciences who shall be found to have the highest average in his or her work during their junior year. The name of the recipient is engraved in metal and displayed in a prominent position in the college.

Gary A. Oltmans Scholarship

This award is given to students who major in psychology or medical biology in the College of Arts & Sciences. Awards are offered to students based on academic merit or financial need.

Owens Family Scholarship

This scholarship is available to South Dakota residents enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. First consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

Evelyn Petsche Crowley Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a liberal arts student.

Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship

This scholarship is given to graduating college seniors who are members of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and are planning to pursue a graduate degree at USD. Recipients must be pursuing a liberal arts major in the College of Arts & Sciences with a GPA of 3.5.

Rassier Family Scholarship

Established in 2015, this award provides scholarships for juniors and seniors in the College of Arts & Sciences. First preference is given to minority students who are in the upper one-third of their class.

William D. Richardson Scholarship

Ringley Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to Arts and Sciences majors.

Willis J. Schenk Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1986 with a gift from Willis Schenk, a native of Mission Hill, South Dakota and a 1950 graduate of USD. It is awarded to outstanding undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences.

James Schmulbach Memorial Award

This benefits students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Jerad and Dawn Seurer Scholarship

Preference for this scholarship is given to a major in biology or chemistry.

Simpson Family Scholarship

Preference for this $1,000 annual Coyote Commitment scholarship is given to a student enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Jean S. Spencer Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Candidates must be among the most academically gifted high school graduates.

Margaret Stansbury Stockton Prize for Community Service

This annual award is given to a student enrolled at the university who has been significantly active in community service.

Jeff and Marcia Sveen Scholarship

This scholarship alternates between students in law, dental hygiene and the College of Arts & Sciences.

Benjamin & Helen B. Treml Scholarship

The Benjamin and Helen B. Treml Scholarship, an endowed fund, was established by Helen Treml in 1995. It was funded by a bequest from her estate, and is to be known as the "Benjamin and Helen B. Treml Endowment." Her expressed intent was that the fund be used for scholarships for students at USD who are "interested in studying engineering or, if available, something to do with traffic, as Benjamin was a dedicated railroad employee during his lifetime."

Applicants must be enrolled in or accepted at USD and meet all departmental requirements to be a graduate or undergraduate student in good standing. Scholarship applicants should include a statement explaining their interest in engineering, traffic or other transportation-related subjects. Research fellowships applicants shall submit a research proposal indicating the relationship of the proposed study to engineering, traffic or other transportation-related subjects.

Glenn E. & Barbara R. Ullyot Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship is awarded to deserving undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Raynor Greenleaf and Margaret Coggin Wellington Scholarship

This scholarship is available to any undergraduate, graduate or professional student at USD. Preference is given to those studying political science.

Thomas J. Whorley Scholarship

First preference for this scholarship is given to students from Sheldon, Iowa or O'Brien County, Iowa who are students in the College of Arts & Sciences. If none available, second preference is given to any student from Sheldon or O'Brien County.

All programs, policies and procedures described are subject to change. All statements in this publication concerning requirements, dollar amounts, conditions or other matters are for informational purposes only and are subject to change without notice.